The great thing about dumbphones is that the majority of them are way more durable than your average smartphone. However, HTC is hoping its HTC One S is a little sturdier than rival devices. Announced at Mobile World Congress last month, HTC boasted about the phone's sleek AMOLED display, dual-core Snapdragon CPU, and sexily slim design. However, the company also bragged that this phone's ultra-matte black ceramic metal surface was the result of a microarc oxidation (MAO) process originally developed for use in satellites.
"It transforms the surface of the aluminum unibody into a ceramic, super-dense crystalline structure that is four times harder than anodized aluminum, enabling the HTC One S to look great over time," the company said at the time.
This week, HTC is showing us that microarc oxidation process in action. The metal starts off as aircraft 6000 series aluminum, which is then hit with "10,000 volts of energy ... almost like lightning striking the phone." This causes a chemical reaction that creates the ceramic surface on the phone. HTC says the process makes the phone's housing three times stronger than stainless steel and even suggests users won't even need a case. See for yourself: